Advice on Adjustable Beds

An ICON-Low adjustable bed

Adjustable beds are sometimes colloquially termed as ‘hospital beds’ & whilst they are used in Hospital (Acute) environments they can also assist with care needs at home as well.

Before choosing an adjustable bed it is sometimes best to speak to a care professional, for example an Occupational Therapist. Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages with varying physical and mental capacities and they can be found through the College of Occupational Therapists in the UK here:

College of Occupational Therapy logo


Functions and features are something to consider on an adjustable bed, features such as tilt & anti-tilt (Trendelenburg & Anti-Trendelenburg) are useful for medical reasons and for personal reasons such as being able to watch TV or speak to visitors in a comfortable position.

Another feature that may be of use is the ability to adjust the height of the bed to prevent injury from falls or to enable a safe working height for carers to carry out care procedures.

It is also worth considering what features may not be of use now but could be in the future so as to mitigate against any future expensive replacements such as castor wheels to be able to move the bed easily around the room/house.

A rotational chair adjustable bed


As with any purchase of significant value it is best to try out the options available, places such as mobility stores and some manufacturers have showrooms – like the Nexus DMS Worcestershire based showroom – where you can sample many of the beds and speak to a friendly and knowledgeable advisor to find the one that best fits your needs or the needs of the person you are purchasing for.

Mattresses are also something to consider when buying an adjustable bed – they usually come in a variety of pressure relief grades from low to very high dependent on how likely the person using the mattress is to get pressure ulcers (bed sores).

Mattress sizes are not standard among suppliers so it is best to check the dimensions of the mattress against the lying surface space on the bed to guarantee compatibility between bed and mattress.

A mattress on an adjustable bed


You can buy adjustable beds and mattresses to suit from a variety of places including high street furniture stores or specialist manufacturers such as Nexus DMS, who usually have a wider selection to suit almost any need and more specialist options specifically designed for nursing/home care.

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Jenny’s Story: How Rota-Pro has changed my Life

Jenny’s Story

“The Nexus Rota-Pro chair bed has changed my lifeIt has aided my recovery and I have slept through the night since using it, which I haven’t done for years. I would be quite happy if you used my name to promote this amazing solution.” 


The challenge:

Jenny has suffered for some time from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. As a consequence her mobility has been impaired – until recently getting anywhere in the house, even using her walking frame, was incredibly uncomfortable and extremely slow.

She was unable to get her legs in and out of bed by herself, placing a strain upon her husband and putting them both at risk of discomfort and injury.

Jenny’s health was deteriorating because she couldn’t sleep – it was proving impossible to position herself comfortably and as such she was getting no rest or recovery.

The solution:

Then Jenny tried the Nexus Rota-Pro chair bed, bringing her the immediate benefits of a more comfortable, pressure-relieving mattress surface and the capability to adjust every aspect of her sleeping and sitting positions, significantly improving her comfort.

Three infinitely adjustable programmed positions (for lying down, rotating in/out and sitting in a chair position) also brought Jenny a regained independence, allowing her to get herself in and out of bed unaided, for the first time in years.


- Within three days, Jenny was sleeping through the night, offering much needed respite and recovery that hadn’t been possible for years;

- With this quality sleep came vast improvements to her health, as her body was at last able to recuperate and re-energise;

- Jenny is once again able to get out of bed unaided whenever she likes, preserving valuable energy for both her and her husband, and restoring Jenny’s much prized dignity and independence;

– With her mobility dramatically improved, Jenny can move around her home so much more easily, making day to day tasks so much more manageable and meaning basic needs like going to the toilet are no longer an anxiety-inducing nightmare;

– And, with her autonomy intact, Jenny can continue to function independently at home, preventing the need for costly care provision and reducing the strain on hospital services, now and into the future.


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Click above to watch Highlights of the Occupational Therapy Show 2016

Disaster struck at this year’s OT show – not once, not even twice, but three times – as the Nexus stand ran out of chocolates!

Joking aside, it was superb to meet everyone on the Nexus stand. We hope you enjoyed a chocolate on us, and hopefully a chat about chair beds and guys from too. It was also a delight to catch up with some of last year’s visitors, and so rewarding to hear how the Nexus Rota-Pro chair bed has changed people’s lives since then.

Thanks to everyone for dropping by, we hope you found what you were looking for and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Very best winter wishes in the meantime, from the whole Nexus Team.

Here’s some more information on:

Rota-Pro chair bed



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Nexus DMS anticipates that with the appointment of their new Business Development Manager, Mike Halford, they will be better placed than ever to provide first-class Sales and After-Sales service to the care industry at large.

Mike joins at a burgeoning time for Nexus with 2015 having been an excellent year in Product Development (new ICON Community Care beds, Motif mattress range and Rota-Pro-Bario bariatric chair bed), Sales performance and Marketing achievements for the hard-working team.

Mike commented “I am excited by the opportunity that the Nexus product range provides and I have a great belief in the customer service ethos Nexus has. I’m also looking forward to presenting the expertly engineered Nexus range to new customers and meeting the loyal customer base Nexus already has”.

Managing Director and Founder John Robinson stated “I’m really pleased to announce Mike’s appointment in what is a key strategic development for our company. He has built a great reputation within the sector and we hope he will bring his invaluable expertise to help in what is an exciting period of growth for Nexus”.

Nexus prides itself on a personal approach to building relationships with customers, so their needs are always fulfilled. Mike will be a valuable fount of knowledge to help meet even the most challenging of needs.

Nexus can be contacted on . Mike can be contacted on .

More information on the Nexus product range can be found HERE.






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Single-handed care was the talk of the town at this year’s Occupational Therapy Show, as healthcare professionals UK-wide are being tasked with finding alternative solutions to the widely adopted approach of “doubling-up” on caregiving wherever somebody requires manual handling.

The misconception that the only way to ensure safe moving and handling is to involve two people in every lift has inevitably placed great strain on healthcare resources and budgets, as well as causing significant disruption to those in receipt of care. New industry research has highlighted this problem and offered a sensible solution – review so called “double-handed” care packages and identify clients for whom investment in innovative or specialist equipment could eliminate the need for two caregivers on a daily basis.

It was no surprise, then, that the Nexus stand at this year’s show proved extremely popular (and not just for the chocolates), as the Rota-Pro rotational chair bed and new Rota-Pro-Bario bariatric chair bed came as early Christmas presents for OTs looking for ways to make single-handed care safe and easy this winter.


Many people were pleasantly surprised at the remarkable value of both Rota-Pro® models, particularly in light of the growing need to devise safe and effective single-handed care packages.


Given that Rota-Pro® can pay for itself in as little as a month (thanks to the reduction in daily care costs), it is not difficult to see why so many people are finding it easy to make a compelling case to purchase.

And that’s before even mentioning the dramatically lower manual handling risk, or the significant increase in user mobility, dignity and independence.


The Rota-Pro range is available directly from stock, and demonstrations are available across the UK mainland, to help determine their suitability for each individual user.

Find the Rota-Pro here & Find the Rota-Pro-Bario here

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Chocolates & Chairbeds | OT SHOW 2015

We had a great time at the OT Show this year and we know you all enjoyed the Ferrero Rochers. We really felt that we made some new friends and developed our existing relationships.

We’ve got some photos from our Stand here:

A final thank you to everyone who came to our stand, have a very Merry NEXmas and New Year if we don’t speak to you before!

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STOP Pressure Ulcer Day 2015 – EPUAP needs your help!

Today, November 19th 2015, is STOP Pressure Ulcer Day across Europe, raising awareness of Pressure Ulcers and how crucial it is that we prevent them.

European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel or EPUAP was created in London in December 1996 to lead and support all European countries in the efforts to prevent and treat pressure ulcers.

The day was set-up to help publicise pressure ulcers, in regards to their prevalence, treatment and the cost that can be saved with prevention as opposed to treatment.

EPUAP has created a one-page factsheet on Pressure Ulcer stages, who’s most at risk and facts such as “the UK national cost of pressure ulcers to the NHS to be between £1,760 million and £2,640 million each year, making pressure ulcers the single most costly chronic wound to the Health Service.” EPUAP (2015)

Read the EPUAP factsheet here

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Guess who’s back? – OT Show 2015

Nexus is proud to be attending the OT Show once again, at the NEC on 25th and 26th November 2015. We had such a fun time meeting everyone last year that we are coming back to see those we know already and meet those we don’t yet!


Nexus will be exhibiting at the largest dedicated OT event, which offers the chance to gain over 60 hours of CPD education.

We are also delighted to be debuting our new, bariatric chair bed, Rota-Pro-Bario with a safe working load of 41 stone (260kg), to the OT audience on stand E47.

Rota-Pro helps people get in and out of bed unaided, preserving their dignity at the same time as vastly improving their mobility.

With the launch of a bariatric model, Rota-Pro® can now help an even greater number of people to claim their independence.

Rota-Pro-Bario is the latest addition to the Nexus product portfolio, which features probably the largest, most diverse range of adjustable profiling bed solutions available.

Members of the Nexus team will be on hand on stand E47 throughout the OT Show, to demonstrate the products on display as well as to discuss any and all requirements for profiling beds - including compatible pressure-relieving mattresses and accessories – of any size or specification.

Rota-Pro®’s stand-out benefits:

Rota-Pro® can have a dramatic effect on the independence of the user, removing the need to depend on others for getting up and going to bed. The simple, clearly-labelled hand control makes Rota-Pro® easy to use, while the included mattress and water-proof, 4-way stretch, vapour-permeable cover offers comfort and ease of cleaning.

Rota-Pro® can actually pay for itself in as little as 4 weeks, as the cost of purchase is offset against the significant savings made through the reduction in expensive daily care support.

For more information on Rota-Pro please click here.

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First launched in 2010, World Occupational Therapy Day was conceived by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), to promote and celebrate Occupational Therapy as a profession internationally.

Occupational Therapy, for those who have never heard the term, is “a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of Occupational Therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.” WFOT (2012)

The WFOT encapsulates 80 national OT organisations so World OT Day is able to promote Occupational Therapy, locally, nationally and internationally. This year WFOT is partnering with Online Technology for Occupational Therapy (OT4OT) to bring the “OT 24 hour Virtual Exchange” to everyone around the world with live online lectures being held on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2015, with experts from all corners of the globe.

For more information on World OT Day please visit to support this celebration of hugely important work!

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New quality and affordable ICON Community Care and Motif ranges from Nexus DMS

We are delighted to announce the launch of two new product ranges, ICON Community Care profiling beds and Motif mattresses. Both offer quality at competitive prices to leave you fully satisfied with their value and your purchase.



Cost and quality are no longer a compromise when it comes to the ICON Community Care range of beds. With standard height (40 to 80cm), low height (20 to 60cm), timber rails and Esteem enclosed head and foot boards (for an extra homely look) there are options to suit all needs and tastes.

Quality is apparent in every aspect of ICON’s design. This includes a sturdy steel mesh mattress support (which evenly distributes the load and prolongs the life of both bed and mattress compared to slatted designs), a high safe working load of 33 stones, and a user hand control complete with auto-profile and function-lock features as standard.
Further details of how a profiling bed could help you, a loved one or a customer are available in our article titled “Why use a profiling bed?”.
Motif, purpose designed for Nexus beds, has quality parallel to ICON, proven through extensive roller fatigue testing and pressure mapping, options are also aplenty with Motif coming in low, medium, high & very-high risk pressure redistribution capabilities.Motif-Gel-3, the very-high risk mattress in the Motif range, is available in shorter, longer, wider and longer & wider specifications. Motif-Gel-3 uses Geltex ® technology in combination with CMHR foam to offer enhancements in support, comfort, breathability, pressure redistribution and mattress longevity when compared to ordinary foams.To find out more click for ICON or Motif pages.

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